So much for writing and blogging every day, huh? However, I have been writing more. There’s one chapter in Eat Me I was having trouble with – not with the development of the actual storyline, but…the problem was with me, loosening up my creaking writing muscles. It could have been any scene or chapter, really. I just had to force myself through it so I could have that sense of completion at the end of a chapter. That feeling of “I’ve finished something,” definitely helps me push on to wrap up more scenes and chapters until eventually I reach The End.
One thing that helped was reading a few short stories written by a friend and emailing her my thoughts on them. I guess reading someone else’s smut unclogged my brain and let the filth flow free. I’ve often talked about the first thousand words of the day being the hardest, like pulling teeth, but yesterday I spunked out over a thousand words without even trying and that was a fantastic feeling.
Anyhoo, according to my spreadsheet, I have just over 11k words to go on Eat Me but I’m nearly at the end of Chapter 5 so once my total is divided into six chapters it’ll bring the average and projected totals down and I really should do a blog post about how I keep track of shit in my spreadsheet so you guys know what I’m talking about but anyway, I reckon I’ll have closer to 8k words to write until the book’s done. That’s two days’ work if I push it, three if I go a little easier on myself but we all know how good I am at sticking to a schedule after I blog about it.
In other news, I have the rights back to Stay the Night, a M/M romance that was first published six years ago in October, 2011. I’m working on editing it for re-release and it’s been surprising to me how dated the tech in this novel is. Slide-shut mobile phones instead of smartphones, modems and separate re-routers instead of SuperHubs, that kind of thing. The hero, Kit, talks about watching DVDs instead of streaming his favourite TV shows. So I’m trying to catch all of those little snippets and modernise them. It’s a relief to not be hampered by the house style of any given publisher, too. Sometimes they insist on spelling a word a particular way, or using a certain style of punctuation and even if it doesn’t sit well with the author, it’s house style, damn it, so just do as you’re told.
Yes, I am referring to being able to type pre-come instead of precum. *shudder*
It may even be that StN and EM get released at the same time, giving readers the choice of a rejigged M/M or an all-new M/F romance. Not so sure it’s doing my head much good jumping between editing that book and drafting that one. Received wisdom is that you should wear only one hat at a time.
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